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Alta Luxury Homes and Estates – Palm Springs

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Alta is an exclusive community of luxury homes surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges located in Palm Springs.  The gated community is full of amenities and nestled in a beautiful desert location.

Award-Winning Homes

Alta homes offer the finest in indoor and outdoor living.  These architecturally distinct properties feature vanishing glass walls and inverted roofs that capitalize on the surrounding landscape.  The community features 67 homes that range in price from $5 million to $20 million.

There are three flexible floor plans available, and homes range in size from 2,875 square feet to 4,783 square feet.  Lots are approximately 15,000 square feet.  Homes come with a minimum of three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a two-car garage.  Custom options abound such as solar panels, slide pocket doors, home offices, additional bedrooms and bathrooms, separate dining, living and entertaining areas, outdoor living areas and private retreats.  There is also the option of having a guest home on your property.

Interior details are also top-notch, with quality finishes and appliances.  Homes can include natural stone slab countertops, baths and showers, high-end plumbing fixtures, walk-in closets, fireplaces, kitchen islands and more.

Neighborhood Amenities

Alta is located just minutes from any convenience you may need.  Here is a sampling of what can be found nearby:

  • 5 minutes from Palm Springs
  • 15 minutes from Rancho Mirage
  • 20 minutes from Palm Desert
  • 10 minutes from upscale shopping district Palm Canyon Drive, where you’ll find over 160 shops offering a wide array of goods and services
  • 10 minutes from El Paseo, the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert”
  • Cabazon Outlets are 25 minutes away
  • Near College of the Desert and Chapman University
  • Close to Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Several golf courses are within minutes of Alta including Mesquite Golf & Country Club and Escena Golf and Country Club
  • Wide variety of fine and casual dining options, such as Villa Royale Inn, Copeley’s on Palm Canyon and Spencer’s Restaurant at the Mountain
  • Nearby hiking and bike trails

More Information

Alta is located at 3200 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264.  It is located with the Palm Springs Unified School District.

 

For more information about Alta Luxury Homes and Estates call Claudine @ (760) 799 5308. Claudine can help with all your Palm Springs Real Estate concerns.

 



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Palm Springs Historical Society Helps Preserve the Past


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The Palm Springs Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Palm Springs.  It is sited on the Village Green.  This park like locale is set in a lushly landscaped portion of Palm Canyon Drive amidst a warren of shops, hotels, and restaurants.  The site may be toured individually or on a guided tour.  To arrange a guided tour the society should be contacts online or one may call them at 760-323-8297.

There is free parking available in the lot behind the headquarters off South Belardo Road between Barristo Road and Arenas Roads.  The Society is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  There is a $3 admission fee for adults.  Children get to enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  This charge includes admission to the nearby Comela White House and McCallum Adobe, two nearby historic structures.

The Palm Springs region has long attracted musical talents both as a place to relax and to play music.  In accordance with that rich tradition, the Historical Society is hosting an exhibit entitled “Chi Chi” after the famed nightclub where such luminaries as Cab Calloway and Ella Ftizgerald performed.  In this exhibition, one may listen to live recordings of those two iconic artists along with hearing tunes from Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, and many more.  These recordings will take you back to the era of Swing when Big Band music was featured at many of the local resort hotels.  Included are a number of instruments played by legendary performers.

 

Schedule of Events

The Historical Society is featuring a raft of exhibitions for the remainder of 2012.  To begin with, there is a collection of Vintage Palm Springs Hotel brochures.  This tribute to the ephemera of yesteryear is entitled, “Graphic Hospitality.”  For history buffs of shopping, “La Playa” gives a photographic record of the development of one of the earliest shopping malls ever constructed called “La Playa.”  The Society is also showing off its collection of paintings by Carl Eytel,Palm Springs first artist in residence.

A video presentation of the creation of Palm Springs first resort hotel, the Desert Inn shows throughout the day in the Society’s theater.  The film traces the development of the site and shows how the hotel and close byFashionPlazahave evolved over the years.

Another video program playing regularly is called “Palm Springs Then and Now.”  The film flips back and forth from how sites looked in 1946 compared to the way they appear today,

The Winfield Line,Palm Springs: a True Story of Our Time is part of a new gallery that the Society has set up devoted to color photographs.  It features 75 color prints by Grace and Winfield Line that trace the history of Palm Spring from 1940 until 1980.  It includes journals and a guest book.

There are also black and white photography exhibitions chronicling the region’s history and the Naïve American culture.

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Palm Springs, Market Report for the Week of August 27, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $319,900.

Inventory is tightening and days-on-market is falling. The Market Action Index shows demand heating up. These are relatively bullish signs for prices.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess inventory is consumed. However, as the supply and demand trends continue, the market moves into the Seller’s zone, and we are likely to see upward pressure on pricing.

Price

We continue to see prices in this zip code hovering around these current levels, even though they bumped up a bit this week. Look for a persistent up-shift in the Market Action Index before we see prices move significantly from here.

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Palm Springs Caters to Frank Sinatra Fans

 

Feeling at Home in Frank’s Home

Palm Springs has put really put out the welcome mat for fans of Frank Sinatra. Not only can you stay in the main house of his Palm Springs compound, but the rates have recently been reduced by 25% because of the recession. Not that staying here has become cheap. It will still set you back $1950 a night, but that is still a far sight less than the $2,600 rate that prevailed in better times. While that might seem a steep price to pay, the home does have four bedrooms, a large living room with a pull down screen for movie viewing and a gorgeous pool. The home is set up for entertaining both inside and outside as party loving Sinatra was wont to do when he lived here.

Palm Springs is promoting a list of places that Sinatra liked to visit while in town. It is part of the city’s efforts to promote tourism in the desert resort. They recognize the value it adds for legions of his fans to learn that Sinatra was frequently a guest at certain bars and restaurants. While Sinatra did enjoy being the center of attention, he generally shunned publicity while staying in Palm Springs. Some of his encounters with newsmen and photographers became legendary as he tried to shun the press with a retinue of bodyguards who were less than gentle in keeping the paparazzi at bey.

Now it is possible to walk right over his grave or at least very close to it. For diehard Sinatra fans, no visit to Palm Springs would be complete without a stop at his final resting place in the local cemetery where fans often leave miniature bottles of Jack Daniels in tribute to their idol

 

His Spirit Still Captivates Visitors

At one of the city’s many parks, you can bush a button set by a bad of petunias and here “Old Blue Eyes” describe the scenery. Instead of breaking into song, he goes on to detail the mating habits of Bighorn Sheep. After that you might want to attend the church where Sinatra went to mass. Palm Springs has its own Walk of Fame copied after the one in Hollywood because so many celebrities choose to live in Palm Springs. Sinatra has a star located outside of a T-shirt shop.

The house however remains the ultimate attraction for Sinatra fans. It is filled with Rat Pack mementos and memories of the many dalliances Sinatra conducted here. He romanced both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner here. The sink in the bathroom off the master bedroom is cracked, but no repairman is ever likely to fix it. Ava Gardner broke it when she threw a champagne bottle at Frank after learning of his escapades with Lana Turner. No would want to destroy evidence like that.

Melvyn’s bar and restaurant is within walking distance of the home. It was one of Sinatra’s favorite watering holes when he was in town. A giant portrait of him greets patrons of the place.

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Palm Springs, CA Housing Market Report for the week of July 30th, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 this week is $325,000.

Inventory is tightening and days-on-market is falling. The Market Action Index shows demand heating up. These are relatively bullish signs for prices.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. However because of excess inventory, prices have not yet stopped falling. Should the sales trend continue, expect prices to level off soon and potentially to resume their climb from there. Watch prices as the market transitions from a Buyer’s market to a Seller’s market.

Prices

Again this week in this zip code we see a downward notch for prices. Pricing has been weak in recent weeks and versus their absolute-high level. At this point, we will be looking for a persistent upward shift in the Market Action Index as a leading
indicator for a trough in prices.

 

Looking for a home or condo in Palm Springs? Claudine is available to help with all Palm Springs Real Estate concerns. Call CLAUDINE TODAY @ (760) 799 5308!



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Palm Springs, CA Market Report for the week of July 23, 2012

The median list price in PALM SPRINGS PROPER, CA 92264 this week is $711,000.

Inventory has been lightening lately and the Market Action Index has been trending up. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the market.

Supply and Demand

Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer’s market, prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller’s Market.

Price

Price trends in this zip code continued their recent uptrend this week. While still below the market’s high point, we’ve seen a nice run recently.

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Morningside Golf Country Club in Rancho Mirage

b77450332e98f8f1d0be82675e63a700-300x224Be one of the elite at Morningside Golf Country Club. With its luxurious setting and top-notch amenities, Morningside has attracted former presidents, famous sports figures and leaders of industry to its membership.

Home to the first Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in the Palm Springs area, it features 140 acres of immaculate turf and 20 acres of lakes. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to better your game with two practice putting greens, a practice pitching area, and practice fairway bunkers. The course is surrounded by beautiful flowerbeds and boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Southern California. Golf membership is $50,000 private equity, with $1,048 in dues monthly.

There are over 360 homes in Morningside, offering large square footage and private pools. Homes are valued between $550,000 and $2.2 million, with HOA dues of $995 per month. The community association offers such services as an on-site handyman, security home watch provided by the in house security staff, and a 24 hour concierge service.

Other exciting features of Morningside Golf Country Club include:

  • Tennis facility with five hard courts and one clay court
  • Fully stocked tennis pro shop
  • State of the art fitness center with incredible views of the Coachella valley.
  • Casual and formal dining options, plus home delivery after 5:30pm every day
  • Extensive wine list
  • Year round special events including Jazz Nights, Chinese New Year, Canine Carnival and more
  • 51,000 square foot clubhouse with pool, considered one of the most architecturally beautiful in the desert, featuring stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains

Morningside Golf Country Club is located at 39033 Morningside Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270. Find directions to the club here.

Learn more about life at Morningside Golf Country Club by visiting their website. To get more information about the club, please call (760) 324-1234, or email Corinne Zajac at czajac@clubatmorningside.org.

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Sellers Making More Price Adjustments

It’s no secret that buyers are at an advantage right now when it comes to purchasing homes, and sellers are definitely starting to take note of this. Two recent surveys indicate that sellers are starting to gain more confidence in their properties; these surveys also show that sellers are also withdrawing from the market.

This results in very low home inventories, which limits the choices that buyers have when they’re looking for a new home, especially in prime buying season, which is in the spring. A national survey also confirmed that housing inventory had dropped 1.3 percent by the end of March. Listed inventory is also 21.8 percent lower than it was a year ago.

However, another study indicates that the number of people who affirmed that now is an ideal time to sell a home increased from 10 to 15 percent for the fourth month in a row. While this isn’t an overwhelming increase, realtors do believe this is a step in a positive direction.

As far as neighborhoods go, only about one in five adults agreed that now is a perfect time for someone in their community to sell a home, while 63 percent disagree with this sentiment. The prices that people are expected to pay for home is also directly linked to changing mindsets among home sellers.

Generally, Americans are expecting home prices to increase about 1.3 percent in the next year. This is due to the fact that people are generally optimistic about the positive turn the economy is taking, and are willing to pay for homes that are a little higher priced. Confidence in the home buying market rose two percent from March to April, so home purchases are expected to increase.

This presents good news for both sellers and buyers, and will increase the chances that individuals will get into new homes they are satisfied with, in terms of both home specifications and price.



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Winter in Palm Springs, a Wonderland to Canadians

Harsh Winters at Home Can Be Hard to Take

Shoveling snow can make one long for warmer weather, but that’s not likely to happen any time soon when winter begins in Edmonton or Montreal or just about any place in Canada. The only recourse that is real is to relocate. When searching for a sunnier site, many Canadians settle on Palm Springs. This renowned resort region typically has highs in the 70’s all through the winter months.

When Canadians come to check Palm Springs out, they are often astonished to be able to wear short pants and T-shirts while Christmas carols are playing in local stores. It is easier to relax here outdoors than it would be up north where staying outside can be a struggle for survival.

Cold weather can be especially hard on seniors who may feel the chill in their bones. While it is important to stay active as one ages, this can be tough when it’s frigid, and the sidewalks are invisible beneath a blanket of snow.

Flying South for the Winter Now Common for Canadians

It has long been a custom among many Canadians to head south in winter. Their travels often take them to Palm Springs. Realizing that this will be an annual occurrence, a lot of them are now taking the plunge and purchasing a place to reside in. This gives them the security of knowing where they will stay and that it will always be open and available.

Purchasing property in Palm Springs is also an excellent investment. Value here is high, and property appreciates considerably over the years. This is due to the lure the desert has over travelers. The region has long been a magnet for people wishing to relax and enjoy the warmth and hospitality the area has to offer. Palm Springs is also freeway close to Los Angels, a metropolitan region with millions of residents.

The Canadian consulate in Los Angeles reports that they get large numbers of inquiries from Canadians regarding the Palm Springs area. Recent unrest south of the border has made Mexico a less attractive destination and so Palm Springs has become a better option for tourists.

Time is Right for Buying into the Good Life

Favorable exchange rates make this a strategic time for Canadians to buy. The Canadian dollar is currently strong compared to the dollar so prices are lower than one might expect to pay. This can be particularly true when it comes to housing which has suffered from price drops of late. While the market has stabilized and has begun to show signs of an upswing, there are still many bargains to be had.

Some Palm Springs realtors have begun placing ads in Canadian newspapers seeking a share in a growing market. Canadians who move to Palm Springs find that more and more of their countrymen are calling the place home as well. They understand the value that having a place in the sun can bring. It makes no sense to suffer through another winter of discontent.



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